KENNETH A. WADE, LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 24, 1922
Date of death: February 8, 1955
Age: 32

Lucky Bag

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From the 1946 Lucky Bag:

Kenneth Albert Wade

Coronado, California

Among the boys who whoop it up in Bancroft Hall, one can always single out our boy, "K.A." Never a complaining note was emitted from Ken as people thronged to his room to borrow the daily necessities. Women never bothered him and he never bothered them; the only thing he dragged to the hops was himself, and that was in a mad effort to get the punch with the cherries in it. There was never a dull moment for the companions of "Carefree Ken," the man who luffed his way through Juice, "K.A." will never slow down as long as there is spice left in life.

The Class of 1946 was graduated in June 1945 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

From The Corpus Christi Caller-Times on February 9, 1955:

LA JOLLA, Calif., Feb, 9. A screaming jet plane carried its pilot, Lt. Kenneth A. Wade, 33. of Coronado, Calif., to death in a dive from 36,000 feet into an ocean shore canyon not far from residential districts yesterday. At least one housewife saw the Navy F9F2 Panther disintegrate before it struck in the canyon with an explosion that shook homes and hotels in La Jolla's north section and buildings at the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The plane went into the dive at 36,000 feet, another pilot reported. He called by radio for the doomed pilot to "pull out" but got no response. Other Navy airmen said it was possible he was already unconscious and that failure of his oxygen equipment may have caused him to lose his senses and control ot the jet.

He is buried in California.

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Oliver Johnson '46, James Smith, Jr. '46, and McFaddin Moise '46 were also members of 5th Company.


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